Relational Communication, Culture, Identity, LGBTQ, Reflexivity
Office: CIS 3046
Dr. Berry joined the faculty in 2013. His research and teaching adopts a cultural approach to the study of relational communication, primarily the ways social interactions and relationships inform, and sometimes govern, identity (self-understanding and the constitution of subjectivity). He investigates these issues by using critically-oriented and interpretive methods/orientations, including ethnography, autoethnography, personal narrative, and ethnomethodology. Assumptions and practices of phenomenology underlie all of his research, as does a commitment to inquiry that advocates inclusivity and social justice. Much of Dr. Berry’s recent research has examined identity negotiation as it is performed within three applied communication contexts: (1) bullying, (2) LGBTQ cultures, and (3) reflexivity in research and writing that uses auto/ethnography and personal narrative.
His recent book, Bullied: Tales of Torment, Identity, and Youth (Routledge) was recently named 2016 “Best Book” by the Ethnography Division of the National Communication (NCA). Also,
he received the 2016 Innovator Award from the Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Caucus of the Central States Communication Association, for his work guest editing “Queering Family/Home/Love/Loss,” a special issue of Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies.
Dr. Berry currently serves as Co-chair of NCA’s Anti-Bullying Task Force, and is past Chair of NCA’s Ethnography Division.
Ph.D., Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2004
M.A., Communication, Purdue University Calumet,1999
B.S., Mass Communication, Illinois State University,1992